Colorado River Fire Rescue is dedicated to protecting life, home, and property

through leadership, education and partnerships.  

Serving the Communities of New Castle, Silt, & Rifle, Colorado


  • FY 2020 Public Notice of Budget (see notice)
    • Hearings will be held at Headquarters Station at 1850 Railroad Avenue
      • October 8, 2019 at 6:00pm
      • November 12, 2019 at 6:30pm
      • December 10, 2019 at 6:00pm

Helpful Information

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Origins & History

In 2012, Burning Mountains Fire Protection District (New Castle, Silt) and Rifle Fire Protection District (Rifle) began the process of merging in order to provide better services to all three communities. This process resulted in the creation of Colorado River Fire Rescue (CRFR).
CRFR provides all-hazards service, including structure and wildland fire protection, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, and rescue response for the Town of New Castle, the Town of Silt, the City of Rifle and surrounding areas with a total response area of approximately 851 square miles.


Coverage & Stations

Colorado River Fire Rescue is a combination fire protection district utilizing Volunteer, Part-Time and 
Full-Time staffing.  The Fire District maintains six stations:  four staffed stations, one station staffed, through an ongoing partnership by Interagency Firefighters, and one non-staffed station.


What Does “All-Hazards” Mean?

No matter the reason you call for help, CRFR will quickly send a well-trained, compassionate, effective crew of problem solvers. From the highly skilled Paramedic/EMT teams on our ambulances to the seasoned Fire Officers commanding our engines, these are just a few of the ways we’re here for you.

  • Advanced Life Support Ambulance
  • Structure Fire Suppression
  • Highway Response & Vehicle Extrication
  • Wildland Fire Suppression/Risk Mitigation
  • Technical Rescue
  • Hazardous Materials Response
  • Business Safety Surveys
  • Home Fire Assessments
  • Life Safety Education: CPR & Fire Extinguisher

CRFR has an emerging Wildland fire response program, which responds to local, county, state, and national fires.  This program addresses the dynamically changing wildfire landscape in the nation, focusing on the  increased risk in the wildland-urban interface, extreme weather conditions, and the year-long fire season.



In 2018, CRFR serviced 3,066 calls, an increase of 19.8% from the prior year, and 24.7% from 2016.  1,902 of those calls were medical and inter-facility transport calls, 135 were fires, 145 Hazardous Materials, and 884 were other types, such as good-intent calls, false alarms, and special hazards.




Vision For the Future

CRFR is in an exciting time of transition.
During this time, we are developing a comprehensive Strategic Plan to guide us into the future, and conducting a nation-wide search for a permanent Fire Chief who will lead us there.
Our leadership team is focusing on doing what is 
(a) right for our communities, (b) right for our organization, and (c) right for leadership transition.
Above all, CRFR is an engaged, professional, and high achieving organization. CRFR’s people are its greatest asset, and as such, CRFR personnel have and will continue to provide excellent service to our customers/citizens.
Randy Callahan – Fire Chief